From World City to the World in One City examines changing geographies of Liverpool through and across the lives of Malay seamen who arrived in the city during its final years as a major imperial port. * Draws upon life histories and memories of people who met at the Malay Club in Liverpool until its closure in 2007, to examine changing urban sites and landscapes as well as the city s historically shifting constitutive connections * In considering the historical presence of Malay seamen in Liverpool, draws attention to a group which has previously received only passing mention in historical and geographical studies of both that city, and of multi-ethnic Britain more widely * Demonstrates that Liverpool-based Malay men sustained social connections with Southeast Asia long before scholars began to use terms such as globalization or transnationalism * Based on a diverse range of empirical data, including interviews with members of the Malay Club in Liverpool and interviews in Southeast Asia, as well as archival and secondary sources * Accessibly-written for non-academic audiences interested in the history and urban social geography of Liverpool
Tim Bunnell is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes (2004).
Series Editors Preface vii List of Figures viii Abbreviations and Acronyms ix Glossary of Non-English Terms xi Acknowledgements xiv Prologue 1 1 Introduction: Locating Malay Liverpool 5 Worlds of Connection, Worlds in Cities 10 Sites and Routes of Fieldwork 14 Organization of the Book 20 2 From the Malay World to the Malay Atlantic 27 World City Liverpool in the Alam Melayu 28 Malays in the New York of Europe and in New York 39 The Malay Atlantic 45 3 Home Port Liverpool and its Malay Places 56 Somewhere Worth Staying? 57 Remembering Cosmopolitanism and its Limits 62 Home and Away 68 Places to Be Malay 72 4 Merseyside Malaise and the Unmaking of British Malaya 83 Transnationalization and Malaysianization 84 Student Connections: From Kirkby to the Inner City 90 Urban Malaise 94 5 Diasporic (Re)connections 107 In Search of Lost Ancestors 108 Diaspora Envy and Worldly Malay ]ness 114 Old Malays versus the Islamized New Malay 121 6 Relocating Expectations of Modernity 135 Kuala Lumpur: Journeys to the New Centre of the Malay World 136 Tandas ]ization: Excremental Transition in Malacca 144 Returning to Singapore: From Third World to First 150 7 Community in the Capital of Culture 165 The Place of Community 166 Glasgowing and Beyond: Towards Multicultural Regeneration 172 Marking Malays(ia) on the Map of the World in One City 178 8 The Last Hurrah: From Independence Celebrations and Interculturalism to Club Closure 188 Merdeka on the Mersey 189 Performing Malay ]ness on Jermyn Street 194 Community Conflict and Urban Interculturalism 198 Death in the Place of Community 202 9 Conclusion: Catching up with Kuala Lumpur? 211 Comparative, Conceptual and Methodological Returns 216 Key Lifepaths 227 Archival and Documentary Sources 231 References 233 Index 250